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Biology program at Mount St. Mary's University


Major in life.

You’re passionate about life. Studying all forms of it, from microbes to plants to animals. Everything from examining population dynamics to plant/animal interactions to physiology and molecular processes. You can picture yourself applying your biology degree to find solutions to real world problems including environmental sustainability, human disease, and the ethical application of technology. If this sounds like you, biology is probably the right path.

School of Natural Science and Mathematics

The biology program is part of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. Our goal as a department is to graduate women and men that are uniquely equipped to provide scientific perspective and solutions to the complex problems facing humanity.

Learn about the School of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Graduate Degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

The biology major is a program designed to give you a full breadth of course work in biological studies, while still allowing you to customize your curriculum to meet specific areas of interest.

During the course of your studies, you will participate in student-centered research programs through which you’ll gain real-world experience performing bench research. The biology program emphasizes experiential learning, to ensure that you gain the types of experiences that will translate excellence in the work place and beyond.

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Where biology majors go.

Mount students participating in research have great outcomes from co-authoring published works to presenting their work at national conferences. Our students consistently go on to pursue graduate, medical, and other professional training at top schools as well successfully secure employment after graduation.

With a degree in biology, you'll be qualified for graduate study and employment in areas such as public health, medical technology, agriculture, physical therapy, biotechnology, toxicology, and in many government laboratories.

Mount graduates have gone on to organizations and institutions such as:

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Yale University
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Cancer Institute
  • University of Maryland Dental School
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Top 10% The Mount is in the top 10% of colleges and universities nationwide in terms of the long-term earnings for a four-year college degree.

About the minor.

A biology minor is for students who have an interest in life sciences that they would like to combine with studies in another major. Students who minor in biology must complete 20 hours of study in the biology curriculum.

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Biotechnology Management Dual Degree

The Mount’s biotechnology management dual degree program provides the skills needed to advance your career in biotechnology by helping you effectively communicate with both scientists and business professionals.


Osteopathic Medicine Dual Degree

The osteopathic medicine dual degree program allows you to earn your bachelor’s degree from the Mount in four years and go directly on to earn a doctoral degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) during the next four years.


Meet Our Faculty

Dana Pirone Ward, Ph.D.

Dana Pirone Ward, Ph.D.

Department Chair / Professor of Biology

Rosina Bolen

Rosina Bolen

Assistant Professor

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Biology Lab Manager

Kathryn Dye

Kathryn Dye

Associate Professor

Abigail Kula

Abigail Kula

Associate Professor

Ann Marie Lyons

Ann Marie Lyons


William Mills

William Mills

Assistant Professor

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Amie Severino

Assistant Professor

Jeffrey Simmons

Jeffrey Simmons

Executive Director Strategic Planning & Institutional Effectiveness

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Assistant Professor


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